After months of heated deabate, Congress passed a health reform package which was signed into law by President Obama in March.
NAHAM has provided a summary of the major provisions included in the final health reform plan. Most of the changes affect changes to the payment system and do not have a direct impact on the daily work of healthcare access managers. However, now that health reform has passed in Congress, there is still much work to be done by the federal agencies in order to put the rules and regulations of health reform into place.
The plan expands access to care, but contains few provisions on the need for more administrative staff and better technology that will help improve efficiency, reduce admission wait times, and move patients through the continuum of care. These are issues that will need to be addressed as facilities will likely see an increased patient load. NAHAM will communicate with policymakers to ensure that these issues are addressed as health reform is implemented.
To read the NAHAM Health Reform Summary, click here: